Kiroumaru, never forget ;_;7
One of the most amazingly done shows of the past six months is, without a doubt, Shin Sekai Yori. Based on a novel (not the “light” ones!) by Yusuke Kishi, the series is set in a speculative future 1000 years ahead where humans with psychokinetic powers have displaced all normal humans and built up their own unique civilization based on rustic living with nature and centered around “Cantus”. The story follows the idyllic (initially) lives of five young children born in this society, but soon enough, they discover that not all is what it seems…
Coming from an author well-known for horror, Shinsekai Yori is not the typical “scares in the dark” horror (although it certainly does employ them effectively), but more of a slow, building trepidation that nothing is truly sacred for this group of kids living in a society that has been utterly traumatized by a force of nature too strong to effectively control, but can only be kept at bay with drastic measures.
This is truly where the series exceeds in, at the world-building of this dystopian utopia, set in a world where both external and internal threats abound and where only the most high-handed measures may be slightly effective at keeping everyone safe. As well as how all that changes the perception and ethics of the humans living in this sort of situation.
Shin Sekai Yori does not shy away from a lot of controversial issues and gives a stunningly effective social commentary on the lengths what humans can and would do when in a situation so dire at times that they are forced to utterly change themselves and even occasionally deny the most important biological impulse we have. And frankly, any show that manages to make people root for the genocide-committting “non-humans” over the humans is truly something that warrants a watch.
Nowadays, I rarely recommend shows publicly due to my belief that anime fans are all very opinionated people and will discover what their likes are naturally from much more organic means, but Shin Sekai Yori is one of those shows that had split hairs with the community at large early on due to some controversial scenes and patchy production consistency. Thus, I write this in the belief that my voice may help more people discover this hidden gem. Really, do give it a try. And hopefully, it will give you some of the best food for thought that an anime series can give you.
P.S. I really hope that the original work gets an English adaptation and if you do too, please try to support this endeavor by Vertical Inc. to bring it to the English-speaking major markets.